Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Former WV Department of Environmental protection spokesman says DuPont edited media reports

DuPont lawyer edited DEP's C8 media releases (requires free registration):

In early March 2002, state environmental regulators planned to warn Wood County residents that the toxic chemical C8 was spreading across the area through air emissions from DuPont Co.’s Parkersburg plant.“It is increasingly likely that the chemical is being spread in several ways — in groundwater, in the soil and now by air,” said a draft news release written by then-Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Andy Gallagher.But the public never got that news. The DEP killed its release after complaints from a DuPont lawyer, according to records obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

Last week, Gallagher confirmed in an interview that Dee Ann Staats, a toxicologist hired as the DEP’s science adviser, insisted that DuPont review, edit and approve all C8-related statements issued by the state.
That's in addition to this previous news.

DuPont Co.’s toxic chemical C8 is a “likely human carcinogen,” a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientific committee has concluded.

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